Year of events to celebrate 200th anniversary of St. Mark's, Aghadrumsee begins


St. Mark's Parish Church Aghadrumsee.

The opening service of the 200th anniversary year of St. Mark's Parish Church, Aghadrumsee took place on Sunday, 5th May when the Bishop of Clogher, Right Revd John McDowell was present.

Known as “The ridge of the hill of the fairies,” was originally formed as a district in Clones Parish and was in Clones until post-disestablishment times when it was made a separate incumbency.

The Church was built in 1819 as a Chapel of Ease to Clones, the ground having been granted by deed on 1st May 1817.

The parish has some strong links with people in military, commerce and politics.

Charles Irwin (1824-1873) was recommended for and awarded the VC on 24th December 1858.

Irwin was presented with his VC by his Regiment in India in 1859. He was buried in Aghadrumsee graveyard. A headstone was dedicated by the Bishop of Clogher Right Revd John McDowell on 22nd April 2018.

Sir Thomas Johnstone Lipton, 1st Baronet, KCVO (10 May 1848 to October 1931), was a Scotsman of Irish parentage who was a self-made man, merchant, and yachtsman. He engaged in extensive advertising for his chain of grocery stores and his brand of Lipton teas. His parents were married in St. Mark's Aghadrumsee.

Rt.Hon. Arlene Foster MLA was baptised in Aghadrumsee Church in 1970 and she attended the Sunday school, until the family moved to Lisnaskea in March, 1979.

During the year of events there will be a special weekend in June including a barbecue, games and special service attended by former Rector, Canon Edwy Kille, a musical evening in October, a Christmas concert in December, a favourite hymns event in March 2020 and ending the anniversary year in June 2020 with a display of wedding dresses and christening gowns with Dress Up Sunday.